How important can one player be on a 25-man roster?
The A’s may be about to find out. If past experience is any guide, the return of Yoenis Cespedes Sunday could be a sign that happy days may once more be here again.
Oakland went 9-2 out of the starting blocks with Cespedes in the lineup before he injured his left wrist. They have not been the same team since.
Jed Lowrie was confronted with something odd Friday.
He came to the Coliseum and saw his name in the lineup, as usual.
He was listed as the second baseman, which was anything but usual. He was a semi-regular second baseman with the Red Sox back in 2010, but he’d only played one game there since, that in 2011.
Jed Lowrie says he’s long been a proponent of expanded use of replay in baseball games.
Some replay Wednesday might have turned the tide for the A’s shortstop and his team, but it was not to be.
Batting with two out in the ninth with Oakland down 6-5 to the Red Sox in Fenway Park, Lowrie thought he’d hit a double down the right field line. The ball hit the chalk, which is by definition in fair territory.
Casper Wells, the latest addition to the Oakland roster, is just the latest to learn that baseball isn’t fair – not even close.
The outfielder began the season with the A’s, but the ascension of veteran local product Jason Bay squeezed him out of a job. Wells was designated for assignment, that uniquely baseball move in which a team has 10 days to trade a player, release him or re-sign him to a minor league contract if he clears waivers.
During the 10 days, Wells couldn’t work out with the A’s or anyone, so he didn’t face live pitching. The Toronto Blue Jays claimed him, and so he went to work for Toronto. But he didn’t get into a game, and five days after the Jays claimed him, they, too, used the DFA move to get their roster in balance.
BOSTON – It’s been a long, tough first few months of the baseball season for Casper Wells.
And that doesn’t figure to change any time soon.